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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 9, 2014 8:26am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: (doesn't anyone else post on this board? Where are the over 350 people who downloaded "Perry Presents"?) It's 3:26am where I live, I'm on the darn computer, asking myself that most useless of questions....

.....who the hell is Doreen?

Let me explain: There's a program listed in old TV listings, in that racist 1950s newspaper "Sydney Morning Herald", during 1959 called "Lunch with Doreen", on TCN-9. It replaced a show on the schedule called "Lunch with Judy". I know who Judy is (Judy Hind), but who's Doreen?

This is a major question for me, since I can't make an IMDb page for the series without knowing who Doreen is....and was the show Australian? I know "Lunch with Judy" was Australian because I know it was live, but Doreen may simply have been a re-titled imported series (you never can tell).

Also, I have failed to watch any classic TV series during the night. The weather is making me tired.

But on a more "exciting"(?) note, I intend to upload a beautifully low-budget commercial for DUZ laundry soap today (after I've had some sleep), which aired on US television in 1953 (it's over 60 years old!!). It's a no-budget commercial, with a terrible set, bad lighting, bad script, AND I LOVE IT. Even "better" than the previous DUZ commercial I uploaded. Beautiful, just beautiful.

In case you missed it, I've expanded the list of 1950s Australian television one-offs, so in case two of you are interested, here it is again:
I doubt though that any of you wanna see it.

But enough about Australia, let's talk about good news. (of which there is none in Australia...damn you General Motors)

The good news is that a company in Italy might be bringing back 126 film. They are CONSIDERING it, but can't make any promises, as the equipment to make it needs repairs. They may also have equipment to make 127 and APS film.

APS, along with Zip drives and MiniDisc, reminds of the late-1990s. That's Good! Not a great format though. Inferior to 35mm with little in the way of advantages. But I'd buy it just for 1990s nostalgia! Yes, I'm a moron!

Why do so few people upload to this section?

No, excuse me, I will try to go to sleep....

....also, is anyone else amazed that we can watch TV commercials from over 60 years ago? I doubt the people who made the commercials expected us to see them over 60 years after they were made.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 10, 2014 12:34am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: "Ken Carson in Saddle Scouts" - Anyone got any info

From 1953 to 1954, there is a show listed on WABD's schedule called "Saddle Scouts" aka "Ken Carson in Saddle Scouts".

I believe it is possible that it is the same Ken Carson who appeared in "Double C Canteen" and "The Garry Moore Show" (daytime version, and he can be viewed on the two sections of footage that have been uploaded to this section of Garry's show).

A google books search provides a book with the following information in a discussion related to juvenile delinquency: "In a series of daily sessions, built around action-filled western films, Mr. Adventure, Saddle Scouts, and Son of the Eagle have brought the youthful audiences fun with their education. A feature of the Saddle Scouts series was its descriptions and illustrations of western customs, objects, and locales. It sought to preserve the color and flavor of the days of the Old West, while illustrating the qualities of strength and perseverance which enabled the pioneers to carve a civilization out of the wilderness".

Exactly how it did this is not explained, nor is Ken Carson's role in the series explained.

It's format may have been similar to another WABD offering of the 1950s, "Son of the Eagle", in which western feature films were combined with WABD-produced segments providing information on the west provided by a host in character.

If anyone can provide additional information on "Saddle Scouts" or confirm the format, it would be much appreciated.

Another WABD offering I am looking for information on is "TV Department Store" aka "TV Department Store Shopping", which aired 1950 to 1951, and for which I don't know the format, host names, etc.

EDIT: I found the info I was looking for on "TV Department Store", rather unexpectedly. Stilling looking for info on "Saddle Scouts", though.

EDIT: I submitted to IMDb a submission for a page for "TV Department Store". I hope it is accepted. I want as many WABD series as possible to have pages on IMDb.

For example, I recently submitted pages (which were accepted) for "For Your Information" (1951), "Recipe for Happiness" (1951–1952) and "Son of the Eagle" (1952), though the latter two currently don't include all the information I submitted. My next submission, either this week or next week, will probably be for "Your Television Baby-Sitter" aka "DuMont Kindergarten". I hope I haven't screwed up these submissions. If you come across the pages and find any mistakes, please let me know.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Jan 10, 2014 10:36pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: IMDb follies

It took me three tries to get a couple of mistakes on the IMDb corrected in an entry for a film made by an old friend of mine, as someone kept changing it back to false (urban legend style) info. Once I had convinced them that I was a close friend of the late director and knew what I was saying (even the DGA still thinks I am a family member or executor), they finally fixed the baloney information for good. So the IMDb isn't always the most helpful outfit on the web.

It's honest researchers like you who make it better, Matt.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 11, 2014 12:43am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: I make too many mistakes

But I've made too many mistakes, For example, I submitted a page for "Old-Time Ballroom", which I submitted as being 1959-1960. However, I later found out it ran to 1964, and now I can't correct it.

I know I shouldn't be self-critical so much, but I do wish it was easier to fix these mistakes.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Jan 11, 2014 1:20am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: I make too many mistakes

There's a big difference between unintentional mistakes, and intentional misinformation. Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone plants misinformation intentionally.

At least you admit your mistakes. If only more of the folks who post info on sites like the IMDb and Wikipedia were honest.

I'm sure you can make the correction, it just may take time and a few tries, as it did in my case.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 12, 2014 11:51pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: 1959 Newspaper article: "Citizen Kane on TV"

1958 newspaper article praising "Citizen Kane", which was scheduled to be shown on HSV-7:

Again, I don't know if anyone will find this interesting.

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Poster: HaarFager872 Date: Jan 21, 2014 9:47pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1959 Newspaper article: 'Citizen Kane on TV'

I found it interesting, 'cause I looked at this post. Thanks!

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Poster: cosmico Date: Jan 9, 2014 4:07pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: just another post on this 126 film, uploads, Studio Party, and sleep

Fascinating to hear that 126 film might come back. Is the company in Italy by any chance called Ferrania? If it is, they had been a maker of all kinds of film, including Super 8, 126, 35mm, etc. for decades. I particularly liked the slight "purple-tinged" color tone of their film stock.

As for uploads, I have no more, beyond the handful of items I shared a few years ago (The Invaders TV commercials, Dark of the Moon and The Prison Within, which Guyzilla transferred for me from my old VHS tape, etc.). Anything else I have is not PD. So yeah... I've got nothin'.

I really enjoyed Studio Party, by the way. The kids in the studio forming a line to "dance" to the song "Hand Jive" while the host pranced around the stage was a riot.

Sleep is good. It's the body's "reset" button.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 9, 2014 8:23pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: just another post on this 126 film, uploads, Studio Party, and sleep

Yes, it's Ferrania. They technically went out of business a few years ago, but are being brought back. They plan to start off with some 35mm film, and then expand from there.

My sleep pattern is strange: I prefer to wake up after 12:00PM, and then being awake during the night, when I can watch films and TV series in complete quiet. The trouble is that my pattern has become increasing difficult to keep.

Back to classic TV: Have you noticed that the classic TV commercials section is finally becoming a success? Actually, it's getting more downloads than the classic TV section itself, which is worrying. I guess people prefer commercials over shows.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Jan 9, 2014 9:18pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: just another post on this Ferrania, Night Owls, and TV commercials

I may have to get a 35mm camera again, just to play with Ferrania film. Incidentally, Ferrania film was re-packaged and distributed in the US under the 3M label back when I was using it. I could post a photo or two just to show the purple tone I mentioned, except it's too far off topic.

I've been a "night owl" since I was 12, and used to stay up all night reading, and listening to distant AM radio broadcasts from stations several states away, or even from Canada and Mexico. Back then we only got 3 TV stations, and they all signed off the air no later than 1:00 am (usually with that wonderful "High Flight" film clip).

TV commercials don't run very long and are often quite amusing, so that may help explain their increasing popularity. That, and the DEcreasing attention span of much of the populace, especially in this era of lightning-fast editing of movies and shows, etc. Most YouTube videoblogs or "vlogs" and such don't last more than a few minutes, and even if they do, the stats seem to indicate that most viewers only watch the first several seconds, get bored, and then move on to the next video. I like a variety of things on the video section of the Archive, but most often watch the sci-fi and film noir b-movies and half-hour drama anthology shows.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 12, 2014 10:30pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: 1958 newspaper story: "Presley Misses Hit Parades"

1958 Newspaper story about how some Melbourne, Australia radio stations wouldn't play Elvis Presley records, but WOULD play Harry Belafonte's records.

Not sure if this is interesting or not.

EDIT: another article, this time from 1959: "Presley-type singing find impresses in new 45", a summing-up of US records being released in a particular week in Melbourne, Australia:

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